Romancing Lady Stone (School of Gallantry 3.5)
Author: Delilah Marvelle
Publisher: Delilah Marvelle Productions
Publication Date: 16 August 2013
He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it...
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.
Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.
WARNING: This book is Rated Double S (Sweaty & Sinful) and contains strong language and sexual content which may cause respectable people to swoon.
Delilah Marvelle's done it again! Each time I read one of her books I'm surprised all over again by how much I enjoy her writing. The characters always feel so real, and draw you in completely.
Konstantin is positively swoon-worthy, and is such a gentleman towards Cecilia. He's not had the easiest life and is determined to keep himself on an honourable path. Konstantin sweeps Cecilia off her feet and reminds her of the woman she really is, and you can't help but fall for this rugged man with the sweetest heart.
'Despite what polite society thinks, a true gentleman is made. Not born.'
Cecilia was married at an early age for money and security, and has never experienced true closeness with a man. Her life is lived for her children, but there's a passionate and intelligent woman beneath the surface. Konstantin sees that woman and the real Cecilia.
Honestly I'm not usually the biggest fan of a romance with an older woman and younger man, although I've not read many. Sometimes the age becomes too much of a big deal and irritates me, but definitely not so with this. Cecilia has some reservations, but it's not long before her love for Konstantin sweeps those aside.
I loved how intense and passionate their chemistry was. The attraction was immediate and the steamy scenes were so very hot! I loved the scene in the baths, and their first night together- fun, sexy and sweet.
Romancing Lady Stone is a perfect introduction for anyone who's not read anything by Delilah Marvelle before. It's a novella, but it doesn't read like a short story and packs plenty of emotion and romance in its pages. The epilogue was the absolute perfect end to this book. Loved it, and I can't wait for the next book in the School of Gallantry series!
*I received a gift copy of the book from the author, for my honest review. Thank you, Delilah!